Recovering from illness, Petra Kvitova looking to home crowds for “priceless” energy this week
The unseeded 32-year-old is the local favorite in Ostrava, the Czech town not far from her home and the site of this week's AGEL Open.
After the Bulgarian’s second victory over Moutet in as many weeks, tensions boiled over during the post-match handshake as the pair had to be separated by an umpire.
The Italian aims to return in time for the Erste Bank Open in Vienna after incurring an injury in Sofia.
The world No. 1 criticized the back-to-back scheduling of the WTA Finals and BJK Cup finals, which are only a day apart.
The former world No. 1 was unable to enter two majors in 2022 due to COVID-19 vaccine opposition, and plans to enter an event in Nur-Sultan before the Rolex Paris Masters.
The two nearly came to blows at net following a tense second-round clash, needing to be separated by the umpire.
"I was No. 3 in the world, until suddenly, I broke my knees and here I am, with nothing," he said.